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Susanville WebXtra for June 13th, 2018
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Little Miss and Little Mr. Lassen County Play Day Scheduled for June 16th

Local kids between the ages of 7 and 9 are invited to join in the fun at the annual Little Mr. and Little Miss Lassen County Play Day, June 16th.

The Play Day will be held at the Lassen County Fairgrounds from 11:00a.m. to 12:30 with games and snacks for the kids.

The deadline to get signed up is 5:00p.m., on Wednesday, June 13th. Click here to download the form, which must be dropped off at the Fair office on Russell avenue.

Dr. David Miler at Eagle Lake. photo by Carli Dinsmore

Annual Eagle Lake Summer Nature Programs Begin June 15th

Eagle Lake Nature Programs kicks off the 2018 Summer season this Friday, June 15th with “Snakes at the Lake” as the topic for the first program at the Amphitheater adjacent to Merrill Campground.

Carli Dinsmore, the presenter for Friday’s program, is a graduate student working with Dr. David Miller from Penn State University.

“Most people are familiar with garter snakes,” says Dinsmore. “The common, rather non-descript reptiles which are frequently found in our gardens or in the high grass around buildings, parking lots or pretty much anywhere they can find a safe place to hunt for a meal, bask in the sunshine and avoid becoming dinner themselves.”

“The muscled and limbless body, scaly armor and flickering forked tongue of the snake have fascinated people for centuries. Whether captivated by their unusual morphology and curious behavior or repulsed by the enigmatic and mystifying nature of these commonplace yet alien animals, snakes captivate our attention and engender strong emotions, whether fascination or hatred.”

“It is this very strangeness that fosters and feeds our curiosity,” explains Dinsmore. “Why do these animals live where they live and look the way that they look? As scientists, we have the tools to go a step further in our questioning of nature, because by understanding what we observe, we can then begin to discovery why and how these things are so.”

“Human emotions aside, snakes play an integral role in the environments in which they function. Both predator and prey, snakes have amassed the necessary tools to thrive in many different environments and provide important clues about the health of the ecosystem.”

Research of the Western Terrestrial Garter Snake has been happening at Eagle Lake and the temporary mountain meadow lakes that are formed from winter precipitation and spring run-off.

Why have many universities and research organizations study garter snakes at Eagle Lake since the 1970s?

“Over the course of many years, researchers have learned a lot, and this information is valuable. Eagle Lake and the surrounding forest have experienced big changes in precipitation and temperature over the past thirty years, and likewise have the snakes experienced fluctuating patterns in the climate and food they rely on. Over time, populations may blink out, meaning they become locally extinct, while others may move to habitats that have become more suitable.”

“The behavior, choice of prey and even physical appearance of populations of snakes can change over time, as some individuals out-compete others for resources and leave more offspring behind to carry on their genes into future generations. There have been literally hundreds of students, volunteers and researchers who have helped collect data on the Western Terrestrial Garter Snake populations around Eagle Lake over the many years they have been studied here. The welcoming expanse of Eagle Lake and ponderosa and lodge-pole pine forests with their scrubby juniper understory provide rich habitat for wildlife viewing opportunities.”

Dinsmore enjoys her visits to beautiful Eagle Lake, “When we’re not catching snakes, we may look up to catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle or osprey fishing for Eagle Lake trout, or perhaps spot an alligator lizard basking in the sun. The Lassen National Forest is a very beautiful and unique place to visit.”

The program begins at 7:30p.m. at the Amphitheater adjacent to Merrill Campground on County Road A1. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Public Meeting in Alturas to Discuss Sage Grouse Planning

Staff from the Bureau of Land Management will provide information and answer questions regarding planning for greater sage grouse, in a public meeting Friday, June 29th, from 5:00 to 7:00p.m., at the Niles Hotel, 304 S. Main St. in Alturas. The meeting is one of four in Nevada and northeastern California.

Draft Environmental Impact Statements and amendments to the 2015 plans were published on May 4th, beginning a 90-day public comment period. The public meetings will help attendees learn about the draft plan amendments and formulate written submissions before the comment period ends on August 2nd, 2018.

Western governors have sought changes to the 2015 plans for BLM-managed lands in their states, which spurred the BLM in proceeding with the plan amendments. Comments on the draft amendments will guide the BLM in finalizing changes that build on and strengthen these plans to conserve public land habitat in cooperation with state plans for managing wildlife species.

Plan amendments could affect up to 61 land-use plans for about 53 million acres in seven western states. In northeast California and Nevada, 11 plans, including the Alturas, Eagle Lake and Surprise field office resource management plans, could be revised. These plans guide management on 20.5 million acres of public land, including approximately 2.4 million acres in northeast California.

The public meetings will be held in an open-house format, with BLM specialists attending information stations to provide answers or additional information. Computers will be available for submitting written comments.

In addition to the Alturas meeting, sessions will be held June 26th, at the Nugget Hotel in Sparks; June 27th, at the Bristlecone Convention Center in Ely, Nevada; and June 28th at the Elko Convention Center in Elko, Nevada.

Assemblyman Brian Dahle honors Interfaith Food
Ministry as Nonprofit of the Year. -photo provided

Assemblyman Dahle Honors 2018 Nonprofit of the Year

Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle welcomed representatives from Interfaith Food Ministry to the State Capitol on June 6th, to honor them as the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year. Interfaith Food Ministry began in 1987 and has served more than 700,000 seniors, families and single adults who are food insecure in Nevada County.

“Interfaith Food Ministry serves as proof that dedication to a good cause can be incredibly powerful,” said Dahle. “I am proud to honor them for providing an invaluable service by feeding people in our community who are in need of support.”

Interfaith Food Ministry is sustained entirely by private donations and the hard work from their 450 volunteers. Last year, the organization provided meals to 2,002 children and 7,793 individuals who were food insecure.

With their recent move to a new, bigger facility, Interfaith Food Ministry is now able to receive and store more food in order to provide good health and human dignity to people in need.

Venus Confused with Japanese Balloon
June 13, 1945

That shimmering object in the sky which had thrown Westwood, Chester and Susanville into a mild hysteria the past several days, isn’t a Japanese balloon after all. It’s the morning star, Venus.

Reports that the cylindrical object (the Japanese bomb balloons are reported longitudinal in shape) which some “experts” placed at 10,000 feet altitude, was variously reported over Lake Almanor, Herlong, Westwood, Susanville and Chester.

In Westwood no less than three balloons were noted.

In Susanville some observers declared that the object was parachute in shape.

That the “floating object” was the planet Venus was established by United States army airplanes who took to the skies to shoot the menace down.

Just over one month ago one woman and five children were killed in Bly, Oregon when a 13 year old girl discovered a Japanese balloon in a tree and tried to free it.

Japanese fire balloon taken at Moffet Field in 1945

If you are a fan of our daily history stories you should join the Lassen Historical Society! It's a fun way to be a part of our county's rich history. When you sign up you'll receive regular Historical Society newsletters with interesting stories and information. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in area history.

Through your membership you help preserve local history.
You can download a membership application here.

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Congratulations to Chris Jackson, winner of this week's Pizza Factory giveaway!

You too could win a large one-topping pizza from the Susanville or Janesville Pizza Factory locations just by entering our weekly giveaway!

Just click here and follow the link to our handy entry form. You can enter once per day from each email address. We’ll announce our weekly winner right here next Monday morning.

The prize is good for take-out or dine-in orders only, sorry no delivery.

Good luck and enjoy that yummy Pizza Factory Pizza!

Today: Sunny. Highs 83 to 93. Light winds becoming west 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Clear. Lows 43 to 53. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the evening.

Thursday: Sunny. Highs 79 to 89. North winds around 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: Clear. Lows 42 to 52.

Friday: Sunny. Highs 75 to 85.

Friday Night: Mostly clear. Slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows 40 to 50.

Saturday And Saturday Night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Highs 66 to 76. Lows 40 to 50.

Sunday Through Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs 69 to 79. Lows 40 to 50.

Wednesday, June 13
Lassen Aurora Network Veteran’s Support Group Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm at 811 Cottage St, Susanville. Our Mission is to provide a judgment-free environment where Veterans from all era’s and services can meet and discuss issues without outside influences.

Wednesday, June 13
Shaffer School free workshops Wednesdays 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Typing workshops Wednesdays 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Citizenship classes Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 pm and GED Prep classes Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:30. These classes and workshops are located in the Lassen Library, 1618 Main St., Susanville.

Wednesday, June 13
Knights of Columbus Wednesday Night Bingo. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., dinner, 6:30 pm early bird bingo, 7:00 p.m., regular bingo games. Proceeds go to scholarships and aid for other non-profit organizations.  Monsignor Moran Hall, 140 N. Weatherlow Street. For more information, please call Richard (530) 249-0022.

Wednesday, June 13
Wrencher’s Car Club is an informal group who discuss their car projects. Meetings are held at the Pizza Factory, 2975 Main Street Susanville from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. For more information, please call Chris at (616) 212-3068 or visit our Wrenchers Facebook page.

Thursday, June 14
Shaffer School free workshops Thursdays from 11:30 – 1:00 pm. These classes and workshops are located in the Lassen Library, 1618 Main St. 530-257-7471.

Thursday, June 14
Shaffer School ESL workshops Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm. These classes and workshops are located at Shaffer School, 722-055 US-395, Litchfield, CA 96117. 530-257-7471.

Thursday, June 14
Westwood Bingo Thursday nights at 125 Birch St., in Westwood. $10 per ten pack of cards, $1 Quickie games and $1 Early Bird Game.

Thursday, June 14
Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer hosted by Elise Barber Shop and
Co-Hosted by Pregill Insurance will be from 5:30 – 7:30 at 120 South Gay Street

Friday, June 15
Lassen Aurora Network Support Group: Wellness Support 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Lassen Aurora Network 815 Cottage St. 530-257-3864
Lassen Aurora Network Support Group: Women’s Group 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Lassen Aurora Network 815 Cottage St. 530-257-3864

Saturday, June 16
Shaffer School GED Prep classes Saturdays 11:30 – 1:30 pm. These classes and workshops are located in the Lassen Library, 1618 Main St. 530-257-7471.

Saturday, June 16
Masonic Lodge #149 host their 3rd Saturday Breakfast from 8:00 – 11:00 am. The cost is $6.00, and it’s held at the Susanville Mason Hall on Lassen Street (Across from the Post Office) the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Saturday, June 16
Lassen Land & Trails Trust Farmer’s Market 8:00 – 12:00 p.m., Pancera Plaza at the corner of Gay & Main St. For more information, please call Laura Medvin at (530)310-4556 or email or visit

Monday, June 18
Susanville Weight Watchers meet Mondays from 12:00 – 1:00 and 5:30 – 6:30 at the Susanville Mall Community Room, 805 Main Street, Susanville. For more information, please contact Theresa 530-310-5896.

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